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Living With Viola

Heartbreakingly honest and quietly funny, this graphic novel from a debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health, cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.

Livy is already ...

Welcome to the Cypher

By Khodi Dill
Illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful
Categories: Children's Fiction

Words burn bright in this joyful celebration of rap, creativity, and self-expression.

“Welcome to the cypher!

Now huddle up nice and snug.

You feel that circle around you?

Well, that’s a hip hop hug!” ...

Diana Dances

Diana is a dancer!

Diana is struggling in school and no one knows why. One day she can’t help but dance to music she hears, and the truth becomes clear—there’s nothing wrong with Diana. She just ...

48 Grasshopper Estates

By Sara de Waal
Illustrated by Erika Medina
Categories: Children's Fiction

A little girl uses imagination and inventiveness to spread friendship through her community. But will she find a friend of her own?

Whether it’s a supersonic sandwich maker or a twelve-tailed dragon, ...

The Bare Naked Book

By Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Melissa Cho
Categories: Children's Nonfiction

Bodies, bodies! Big and small, short and tall, young and old—Every BODY is different!The Bare Naked Book has been a beloved fixture in libraries, classrooms, and at-home story times since its original ...

Why Are You So Quiet?

By Jaclyn Desforges
Illustrated by Risa Hugo
Categories: Children's Fiction

Into a world where it often seems nobody is listening comes a poignant story that celebrates the power of silence.  

“Why are you so quiet?” Her teacher implores it, her classmates shout it, even ...

Margot and the Moon Landing

By A.C. Fitzpatrick
Illustrated by Erika Medina
Categories: Children's Fiction

A universal story about speaking, listening, and being heard.

Margot loves space. Astronauts, the stars, and especially the moon landing. So she can’t understand why all of her attempts to communicate ...

I Love My Purse

By Belle DeMont
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Categories: Children's Fiction

Charlie loves his bright red purse, so why does everyone else have a problem with it?

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First ...

Superluminous

Nour loves the luminous glow she was born with, but it’s only when it starts to dim that she discovers the true power of her brilliant light.

Nour has a superpower: she glows. Her light shines so bright, ...

A Promise Is a Promise

When Allashua disobeys her parents and goes fishing on the sea ice, she has to use her wits to escape the Qallupilluit--the troll-like creatures her parents have always warned her about that live beneath ...